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Dr. Jekyl and Mrs. Hyde: How Female Sex Hormones Affect Emotional Response and Processing.

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

It's a standard stereotype and a common joke about how us ladies often exhibit "multiple personalities" and just can't seem to keep our emotions in check. Well, studies show it's not us and we don't always have control.

That's research reveals what many of us have known for years, that OUR responses can and often are a byproduct of our hormones.

According to recent research...hormone levels at various stages of a woman's menstrual cycle can impact her responses and to a degree her behavior.

The study examined the brains of women using an MRI to take multiple photos which were then categorized and rated as pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. And, this test was repeated at different stages of a woman's cycle.

According to the study, no areas of the brain seem to be affected during the early follicular stage of the menstrual cycle. However, during the midpoint of the cycle, increased activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex and other areas of the brain that involve processing and emotion information were seen.

So, what does this all mean. Basically it substantiates how women act, respond, and process emotions based on hormone levels and activity.

Prior studies suggest that the rate of affective disorders ( mood disorders) is double in women than it is in men and many believe it is due to the difference in sex hormones.

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